The Lake Wisconsin Alliance (LWA) will host an educational seminar at Camp Rest Park & Boat Launch near N3814 Tipperary Rd, on Tuesday, May 16th from 6:30-8:00pm. LWA received a Prairie du Sac Dam Aquatic Resources Enhancement Fund grant from Alliant Energy to conduct nearshore fishery surveys on Lake Wisconsin. Dave Marshall and Tim Larson were contracted by LWA to conduct the surveys in 2015 and 2016. During this educational seminar, they will demonstrate surveying methods and provide an opportunity for attendees to see these unique fish species up close.
Nearshore fish populations have been described as “canaries in the coal mine” but are not routinely surveyed since they offer no perceived or direct economic benefit associated with sport fish populations. These sensitive fish populations provide important ecological linkages that may reveal lake-ecosystem stresses even before traditional trophic state index (TSI) parameters reveal water quality problems. Nearshore fish populations are represented by a diversity of species, including Threatened, Special Concern and other environmentally intolerant groups. The presence and absence of these often overlooked fish populations can also reveal important information on nearshore habitat conditions and can be used to assess habitat restoration projects.
The Lake Wisconsin Alliance (LWA) is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization that endeavors to balance the diverse interests of the Lake Wisconsin community while improving water quality, recreational opportunities, and sustaining a healthy ecosystem within the Lake Wisconsin watershed.
In case of inclement weather, LWA will announce the cancellation of the seminar via the Lake Wisconsin Alliance Website (www.lakewisconsinalliance.org), LWA Facebook Page, and an announcement will be on local radio stations. A rain date has been set for Thursday, May 18th same time and location. If you have questions about this event, feel free to contact Melissa Keenan at 608-355-4838, or firstname.lastname@example.org.